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Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

At Helensvale State School our specialist Japanese teacher offers lessons for students in Year 4 to 6. Lessons are developed from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s Language Curriculum (ACARA).
Years4, 5 and 6 students have one 60 minute lesson per week. In Years4, 5 and 6 students learn to recognise hiragana which is the basic phonetic script of 46 sounds. By the end of Year 6 students are very familiar with the hiragana script and know all the rules for reading and writing hiragana.
Learning another language is an important part of a child’s education. All students can achieve meaningful outcomes in the LOTE learning area. The outcomes are inclusive of all students and provide opportunities for intellectual challenge and enjoyment.
Extra activities in LOTE
Term 1
·         Hosting Japanese study tour group
Term 2
·         Biennial trip to Japan (next trip will be in 2018)
Term 3
·         Hosting Japanese study tour group
·         MLTAQ Japanese speech contest at Griffith University
·         The video festival organised by Japan Foundation Sydney
·         Excursions to Japanese restaurant (year 6)